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The Man Who Sent the Magi Paperback – January 3, 2011

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This is a thought-provoking work worthy of your time. ---Christopher Nauer, Pastoral Associate at St. Perpetua Catholic Church, Lafayette, CA

This is one man s journey beyond the crossroads where Matthew s birth narrative and the three Persian visitors meet. It is a journey that leads the reader into a lost story that seems strangely familiar. ---Rev. Dan Senter, ELCA Pastor of Our Saviour s Lutheran Church, Lafayette, CA

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Douglas R. Krotz is a lifelong student of comparative religion, but not a clergyman from the Judaic, Christian or Zarathustrian religions. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Geology, and a minor in Physics. He spent much of his life as the president of a delivery service (a story in itself). One of his hobbies for over fifty years has been the study, comparison and analysis of various religions and their societal influences.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Intermedia Publishing Group (January 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935529870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935529873
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,566,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Serge van Neck on March 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Most of us have heard about the three Magi (more commonly known as Wise Men or Kings) who visited Jesus when He was an infant. We've also heard that these distinguished travelers from the East were most likely adherents, and very likely priests, of the Zoroastrian faith that originated in Persia (modern-day Iran).

Starting from this premise, Mr. Krotz introduces us to the singular personage of Zarathustra (a more accurate transliteration of the name Zoroaster), and provides a history of His origins as well as the social and religious background from which His teachings emerged. Throughout this detailed account, Mr. Krotz weaves a common thread between the Zoroastrian and Christian religions, and suggests numerous connections between the two, both doctrinal and prophetic. Thus we begin to discover a religious motive for these three Magi to make such a long journey to pay their respects to the infant child of a poor and seemingly inconsequential Jewish couple.

Throughout his book, Mr. Krotz is careful not to provide all the answers. Some readers may be put off by the profusion of questions posed that go unanswered. However, far from an oversight, this appears to be the author's intention. His purpose is not to give a primer on the Zoroastrian and Christian religions, but rather to cause readers to ponder new questions, and open their minds to new possibilities. He does not impose his opinion on his readers, but invites them to think for themselves.

This book is a worthwhile read for the student of religion in general, but particularly for those who are enamored with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ; toward the end of the book, Mr. Krotz includes a table comparing various Zoroastrian concepts and their similarity to doctrines of different Christian denominations. All in all, this is a fascinating book.
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